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My Top 20 Books of 2015

Top 20 Books of 2015

One of my favorite things about the end of the year is all the “best of” lists. Especially the best books. Of course.

As I do every year, here I’m presenting my top 20 books of 2015. I divide my reading into four categories: Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Devotional, and Writing How-To. Below are my top five in each category for this year. But, first, my general stats:

Total books read: 100

Fiction to non-fiction ratio: 58:42

Male to female author ratio: 54:46

Top 5 genres: Classic Fiction (with 18 books), Historical Fiction (with 16), Business (with 15), Writing How-To (with 13), and Fantasy (with 9).

Number of books per rating: 5 stars (8), 4 stars (36), 3 stars (39), 2 stars (14), 1 star (3).

Top Fiction Books

London Edward Rutherford

1. London by Edward Rutherford

Breath of Dawn Kristen Heitzmann

2. The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

Marvel 1602 Neil Gaiman

4. Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

Howl's Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones

5. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones

Top General Non-Fiction Books

Creativity Inc Ed Catmull Amy Wallace

1. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

4-Hour Workweek Timothy Ferriss

2. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Magic of Thinking Big David J. Schwartz

3. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Resurrection of the Romanovs Greg King Penny Wilson

4. The Resurrection of the Romanovs by Greg King and Penny Wilson

Top Devotional Books

End of Our Exploring Matthew Lee Anderson f

1. The End of Our Exploring by Matthew Lee Anderson

In the Dailies Tanya Dennis

2. In the Dailies by Tanya Dennis

Heresy of Orthodoxy Andreas J Kostenberger Michael J Kruger

3. The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger

Kid Inside Bible Stories Steve Mathisen

4. The Kid Inside Bible Stories by Steve Mathisen

If You Only Knew O Sonny Acho

5. If You Only Knew by O. Sonny Acho

Top Writing Books

Reader Magnets Get Readers to Come to You Nick Stephenson

1. Reader Magnets by Nick Stephenson

Your Idea Machine William C Martell

4. Your Idea Machine by William C. Martell

Shoot Your Novel CS Lakin

5. Shoot Your Novel by C.S. Lakin

My Books

And don’t forget if you’re looking for a new read this year, I’ve got a couple that just might tweak your fancy. (*wink, wink*)

Also don’t forget: this is the last day to grab my new historical novel Storming for just $.99 on Kindle! Click here to grab the book while its on discount.

Let’s chat! What are your top 20 books of 2015? Or top 10–or just #1 favorite! Tell me in the comments!

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46 Comments

  1. You guys are stirring me up to make a new years resolution. 100 bks is downright impressive. I’m willing to accept the mission. It could be called the 100 bk challenge. Would there be a certain prize involved if we read 100 bks? (hint hint) including all of KM’s bks? Sounds enticing huh?

  2. K.M. Weiland says:

    Hah! If you do it, I’ll send you a free book of your choice. 😉

  3. Mission accepted. You’re on sister. 100 books here we come!

  4. John Evans says:

    How do you do it. 100-150 books, and all the writing you do. Do you read and write at the same time :-).

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Well, not at *exactly* the same time. 😉 I schedule my reading as consistently as I do my writing: an hour and a half every night.

  5. Anika Lynn says:

    How long does it usually take you to read a book? What did you learn from The 4 hour Work Week and The Magic of Thinking Big?

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Depends on the book, of course, but it generally takes me about a week.

      I disagree with Ferriss about a lot of stuff, but 4 Hour Workweek was incredibly inspiring in distilling motivations and creating actionable goals.

      The Magic of Thinking Big was more just good reminders of how to create good attitudes and big goals.

  6. This is a fun prompt. It’s motivating me to read more. Anyone else want to participate in the very first 100 bk challenge? This is a historical moment you know. I already have about 75 bks on the radar, and probably will read all of KM’s bks. So the winner probably could have your next bk for free right? Maybe a Dreamlander sequel perhaps? he he.

  7. I like the helpful info you provide in your posts. I will bookmark your page and check again here often. I’m quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

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